Sometimes it is hard to see the impact of a conservation project. This video shows some of the impressions of several school teachers that have worked with us for years. They praise the work that our environmental educators have done for the schools.This 2 minutes video speak a thousand words. Feel free to share it with your friends and colleagues
As part of our conservation programs in Osa, we have done efforts with the younger population to improve their chances to succeed in school, in hopes that they’ll aspire to continue their education and become productive citizens. We keep organizing activities that promote self-esteem, teamwork, proactivity, and leadership. We hope that we will create a new generation of children that will not only be good citizens but also conservation leaders.
Additionally, we continue to implement weekly tutoring sessions in 4 schools with children of the area to fill the educational gap in rural areas and help them succeed in school. We have learned that children that struggle with school will eventually drop out of it. According to Rumberger, “Dropouts face extremely bleak economic and social prospects. Compared to high school graduates, they are less likely find a job and earn a living wage, and more likely to be poor and to suffer from a variety of adverse health outcomes”. As a result, dropouts are also very vulnerable to a variety of issues, such as alcoholism and drug consumption, criminal behavior and other negative behavior.
 Rumberger, R. W. (2011). Dropping out: Why students drop out of high school and what can be done about it. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.
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Last year at this time we were on the verge of extinction, just like some of the animals that we protect.
There is much competition for funding out there, lots of worthy causes and urgent support is always needed. Small non-profits like ours have a hard time getting the funding to maintain our programs.
In March 2017, we were debating whether we could maintain our programs. We needed to reduce our environmental education program from 22 schools to 6 schools and we thought we would have to cut our sea turtle conservation program. Our already office staff was going to be reduced also.
Then, my 16-year-old nephew Isaac came up with the idea of helping us fundraise from his home town in Chicago. He reached out to his friends and school mates and raised a $1000 USD for our turtle conservation program. That was not enough to maintain our program, but it was a beginning. He gave us hope. The power of one! Take a look at the video attached to see how he did it!
Together with Isaac’s effort, other friends of the foundation stepped up and pitched in the rest of the money that was needed. We thank you for your ongoing support.
Last year we helped protect 125 sea turtle nests in Playa Rincon and we supported the efforts in Playa Rio Oro. Every year is a new struggle, and a new challenge! Here are some of the achievements of 2017 and which would not have been possible without your collaboration: